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A 45-year-old member asked:

what's an esophageal ph test done for?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
A check for GERD: Ph testing can check your esophagus for exposure to substances regurgitated from the stomach-- for acid (such as bravo ph capsule implanted on your esophagus) as well as non-acid reflux (ph impedance testing). The test correlates your symptoms in real-time with what comes up into your esophagus & throat. Ph testing also has utility in assessing the efficacy of acid-blocker drugs.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What type of doctor can order an esophageal pH test?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Several pH tests: Ph testing is a measure in "real time" of reflux. Bravo pH testing implants a probe on your esophagus and records how much time your esophagus is exposed to acid. An impedance pH probe on the other hand is a thin tube passed into your esophagus by nose, and it measures whatever moves upward into, or stay in, your esophagus (acid or base). Your gastroenterologist (gi doctor) performs either test.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What should I bring along to do a esophageal pH test?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Don't eat !: Whether your pH test involves placement on your esophagus of a bravo pH probe or passage of a impedance pH probe into your esophagus it is important to follow your doctor's pre-procedure prep instructions. Generally, the tests are done on an empty stomach. Your doctor may ask you to take your acid-blocker drugs as usual, or he/she may want the test performed without such drugs in your system.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is esophageal pH test?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
What it is: Esophageal ph (ph is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution) monitoring is a procedure for measuring the reflux (regurgitation or backwash) of acid from the stomach into the esophagus that occurs in gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd).
A 48-year-old member asked:

Who needs esophageal pH test?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Who…: Esophageal ph monitoring is used to diagnose gerd effects, to determine the effectiveness of medications that are given to prevent acid reflux, and to determine if episodes of acidic reflux are causing episodes of chest pain.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What kind of doc performs a esophageal pH test?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Gastroenterologist: A ph test can be done by a gastroenterologist.

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